Georges Köhler attends the University of Freiburg where in January 1971 he earns his Diploma in Biology, working on repair-deficient strains of Escherichia coli and computer assisted instruction.
Georges Köhler becomes director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Immunbiologie in Freiburg.
Georges Köhler develops with César Milstein the hybridoma technique, the first practical method for mass-producing monoclonal antibodies, by fusing antibody-producing cells with fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells. Their technique revolutionises many diagnostic procedures leading to new therapeutic agents for fighting disease.
Georges Köhler receives one third of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Niels K. Jerne and César Milstein "for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of monoclonal antibodies".
At the age of 48, Georges Köhler dies accidentally killed in a fire that engulfed his laboratory in Freiburg.
Georges Köhler is born in Munich.
Georges Köhler conducts a postdoctoral work in cell biology (lymphocyte fusion) at the Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology under Dr. C. Milstein. This work is supported by an EMBO long-term fellowship.
Georges Köhler earns his Ph.D. at the University of Freiburg with a thesis on immunological studies of the enzyme ß-galactosidase.
Georges Köhler becomes a member of the Basel Institute for Immunology, where he goes on investigating antibody diversity. He also starts studying the development of transgenic mice to understand the mechanism that underlies self-tolerance.
Georges Köhler carries out his PhD research at the Institute for Immunology, Basel, under the supervision of Professor Fritz Melchers.
Georges Köhler earns his Abitur in Kehl.